The Hills Market Blog


We Couldn't Ask for a Better Chocolate.

At long last, we now have Askinosie Chocolate at The Hills Market. (We ordered it right before Oprah featured these delicious better-than-fair-trade chocolates in the February 2011 edition of her magazine. And, well, when Oprah likes something, it may be a little difficult to get at first.) You may know Askinosie from a perusal of our Jeni's case. She uses a special blend of this chocolate in her Askinosie Dark Milk Chocolate Ice Cream. So why do we say better-than-fair-trade? Not only do the folks at Askinosie pay a fair wage to their farmers, they share a part of their profits with them. Very awesome, we think. And we're proud to be a part of the cycle of good. Stop by and pick up a sample or two today. These bars make a perfect gift or special treat.

New Product in our New Cases.

Have you noticed our beautiful new freezer cases? We're in love with them! A bonus to the new cases is that Jay is bringing in a few new items to try out at the store, including Glutino Gluten Free Pizza Crusts. Free of both gluten and milk, these crusts are the perfect starting point for pizza night. Let us know whether you like them; if folks keep buying them, we'll keep them in stock.

Two Recipes from the Inn at Cedar Falls.

Chef Anthony Schulz of Inn at Cedar Falls has graced our kitchen several times. A fellow fan of locally sourced and seasonal foods, Anthony is definitely in our extended family of "Professional Foodies" Click through to find two recipes from last night's class.

Meet one of Ohio's Sweet Hearts.

When our friend AnnMarie McCallister (of Worthington's Glad Annie's Baklava) asked us to consider doing something with this new organization that assists the parents of little ones heart defects and heart disease, we whole-heartedly said yes. This new chapter of Mended Little Hearts will help mentor families that are newly diagnosed and help support families through the entire journey of living with a heart defect. Their funds will be used toward research, family support and eduction on Congenital Heard Disease awareness.

Learn more and AnnMarie, her baklava and her connection with Mended Little Hearts below.

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Ohio's Sweet Hearts.

Ever wish you could taste everything in our bakery? Click to learn about this incredible tasting on February 4th. 

Help Wanted: Bakery Director.

We're looking to hire an experienced baker. This individual will be a self-starter and motivated person. He or she will need to provide excellent customer service to our customers. Applicants can apply here. 

He or she will be responsible for all aspects of our Bakery operations, including but not limited to:

Baking, vendor relations, stocking and pricing, case management. Excellent customer service skills a must.  Energy, innovative ideas and ability to work well with others will be necessary workplace traits. Immediate start date. 


The Making of A Gift Basket.

What goes into the making of a great gift basket? Join us as we deconstruct an Ohio Gift Basket, put together by our Professional Foodies. 

We start with a strong theme (Ohio, of course) and full-size high quality products from around our state. We then create a good mix of products for the recipient to enjoy now and long into the future.

Pantry Basics: These long-lasting items make cooking fun and brighten up the pantry.

Backroom Coffee Roasters French Vanilla Coffee (Upper Arlington, Ohio) - Make their morning a little more interesting with one of these delicious coffee flavors.  

Ben's Sweet & Hot Mustard (Kingston, Ohio) - The brightly-colored mustard with the complex taste is an incredible base for sauces, marinades and dressings.

Honeyrun Farm Raw Honey Comb (Williamsport, Ohio) - Whether its mixed into tea or used in sauces, this pure unpasteurized honey makes a great treat.

The Olive Orchard Basil Olive Oil (imported to Dublin, Ohio) - There are hundreds of ways to use this flavored oil, and the recipient will have fun creating a recipe - or ten - to feature this oil.


Delicious Dinners: Help turn a dull January dinner into a delightful affair with these helpers.

Canal Junction Flatrock Cheddar (Defiance, Ohio) - This cheese made with 100% grass-fed cows milk makes an unforgettable grilled cheese.

Zapico Pasta Sauce (Columbus, Ohio) - Made with an Italian family recipe, this pasta sauce makes dinner simple.

Black Swamp Gourmet Barbeque Sauce (Toledo, Ohio) -  This versatile sauce makes a great meatloaf or salmon. There's no way to go wrong with a sauce this good.


Satisfying Sweets: Now's the time to indulge!

Buckeye Brittle Cashew Brittle (Reynoldsburg, Ohio) - This brittle made right here in Central Ohio will satisfy a sweet tooth or two. 

Dietsch Brothers Chocolate Covered Pretzels (Findlay, Ohio) - These famously delicious pretzels are a must for any Ohio Gift Basket. 

Bonus Card!

When you purchase a $100 gift card between December 10th and December 24th, 2010, we'll give you a $20 bonus card that can be used toward a future purchase at The Hills Market.

*Bonus Card can be used between January 1, 2011 and March 31, 2011. Promotion cannot be used with any other promotion or discount. The $20 Bonus Card is not valid for purchases of alcohol or tobacco. The Bonus Card has no cash value.